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  • Published:
    April 29, 2010
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  • Audiences:
    IT professionals
  • Technology:
    Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Credit toward certification:

TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Desktop Virtualization

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Skills measured

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Deploy and manage an enterprise desktop virtualization environment (25%)
  • Install and configure Windows Virtual PC
    • Install Windows Virtual PC on various platforms (32-bit, 64-bit); create and manage virtual hard disks; configure virtual machine resources, including network resources; prepare host machines
  • Enable and manage Windows XP Mode
    • Enable Windows XP Mode for Windows 7; publish applications to a host OS through Windows XP Mode; configure the BIOS to support hardware virtualization; create, deploy, and maintain Windows XP Mode images
  • Create a MED-V infrastructure
    • Install and manage server components (Image Repository, MED-V Instances), install the MED-V client, configure server settings
  • Administer a MED-V environment
    • Manage workspaces, create policies, publish applications and menus, configure reporting, customize user and device settings in a virtual machine
  • Create and deploy virtual desktop images
    • Use various tools to create or prepare images for deployment, deploy a workspace image by using a webpage, pre-stage images

Preparation resources

Deploy and manage a presentation virtualization environment (25%)
  • Prepare and manage remote applications
    • Configure application sharing, package applications for deployment by using RemoteApp, install and configure the RD Session Host Role Service on the server
  • Access published applications
    • Configure Remote Desktop Web Access, configure internal and external application access, configure role-based application provisioning, configure Remote Desktop client connections
  • Configure client settings to access virtualized desktops
    • Configure client settings, manage user home folders, identify minimum client requirements

Preparation resources

Deploy and manage an Application Virtualization (App-V) environment (26%)
  • Prepare virtual applications
    • Sequence applications, install and configure the sequencer, prepare applications for deployment in different environments, configure virtual application interaction and sharing, choose a method to deploy virtual applications
  • Install and configure application virtualization environments
    • Configure App-V modes (stand-alone, lightweight, enterprise); install an App-V infrastructure, including servers, management consoles, and clients
  • Manage application virtualization environments
    • Enable and monitor offline application usage, enable and monitor real-time sessions, manage application cache, configure BranchCache functionality

Preparation resources

Manage a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) environment (24%)
  • Configure user state virtualization
    • Configure roaming profiles, configure folder redirection
  • Manage virtual desktops remotely
    • Work with Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal (SSP) to log in to, control, restart, or resume a desktop virtual machine; work with Remote Desktop Manager; work with Remote Desktop Licensing Manager; troubleshoot client Key Management Server (KMS) issues; configure firewall exceptions on the client

Preparation resources

Who should take this exam?

Candidates for this exam should have more than 18 months of experience as virtualization administrators, working with desktop virtualization technologies, such as Windows Virtual PC, MED-V, Windows XP Mode for Windows 7, App-V, Remote Desktop Services, VDI, Windows Server 2008 R2 environments, and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2. Additionally, candidates should have experience with server virtualization products and technologies, including Hyper-V, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2, Windows PowerShell 2.0, and System Center Configuration Manager.

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